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I like such circular gates, they are so typical for Chine. Here inside the Bamboo Temple in Kunming.rnThis Temple is outside Kunming, one can go just by bus.
On the beautiful wooded Yu'an Mountain, only seven miles (twelve kilometers) northwest of Kunming, is the famous Buddhist Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Temple). The temple and the bamboo forest that surround it have a wonderful and mysterious legend about their origins.During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Yunnan was a separate country called Dali. One day, while two brothers of royal lineage were hunting in the hills outside Kunming, they spotted a bizarre rhinoceros. With hopes of capturing it, they followed the rhinoceros deep into the woods of Yu'an Mountain where the magical animal suddenly disappeared. Just as they lost sight of the rhinoceros, the brothers saw a group of monks who were unlike any monks they had seen before. When the monks saw the brothers, they vanished in clouds leaving only their walking sticks planted in the ground. By the following day, these walking sticks had become an entire bamboo forest. The amazed brothers knew that they had met enlightened, supernatural beings and, in order to honor them, they built Bamboo Temple in the forest of bamboo.

As it is in Asia, The temple is not just a building but the whole complex of many temples, halls, like a small city. Here we were the only visitors.

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